The Cloak (The Overcoat) and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol
An on-going collection of stories and other works, including critical articles. introductions, summaries... This audiobook is an on-going collection of stories by Nikolai Vasilievitch Gogol (1809-1852) as rendered into English by a variety of translators whose works are in the public domain. The version of "The Cloak" is translated by Isabel F. Hapgood (1886), the "Memoirs of a Madman" and "The Nose" are translated by Claud Field; and others... There is an oft quoted statement referring to Gogol's "The Cloak," one that for more than a hundred years has appeared in a variety of forms and has been attributed to many different Russian authors, critics, and the like, including Dostoevsky himself. It goes something like this: "We all come out from Gogol's OVERCOAT." Some of these recordings appear elsewhere on Internet Archive, many of them are in several collections originating from LibriVox.
Music used in "The Overcoat" sections was provided by Musopen.com: Joseph Hayden's Sonata No. 13 in G Major, Hob. XVI. 6 - III, Andagio, as performed by Vadim Chaimovich.
February 7, 2009
Gogol's a Gas
Few bother with Gogol these days. (Who wants to listening to those boring Russians, right?) If you've been wondering about Gogol, this is a good story to get a sense of him, particularly listening to it on this recording. Excellent reading. This is supposed to be one of the most important short stories in Russian literature, the grandfather of them all, worth imitating but difficult to surpass.
I once heard that it was a funny story and when I read it years ago I didn't get the humor. Maybe I'm older now and can see it better, but it was probably because this excellent reading carried that through for me. It's subtle, but it's there.
July 17, 2008
Exellent story / Excellent Reading
This is a fascinating story exceptionally well read. Can't see spending money to get a "professional" read stuff like this when you can download it for free. A bit obscure but well done. Downloading pt 2 now...